Chenin Blanc

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This style follows closely the description in the Flavor Descriptors section and is typically found in France’s Loire Valley and South Africa (where it is sometimes called “Steen”). In other parts of the new world, it typically produces mild crisp wines without much varietal character and is often blended.  

Moderately sweet

Found in some areas of the Loire valley and South Africa, this style has flavors that are similar to drier version but are more concentrated and offer more honeyed ripe fruit flavors.


Chenin Blanc is used to make the Loire valley’s most famous dessert wines, which can age wonderfully. These are obviously sweeter with an intense fruit concentration balanced by its trademark racy acidity.

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